As a pro-life advocate, I have to applaud abortion counselor Emily Letts. She filmed her own abortion to share with others, you know, to take the stigma out of the whole thing.
The 25-year-old knew immediately upon learning that she was pregnant that she wanted an abortion, because your 20s is, like, waaaay too young to face the consequences of having sex (don't forget birth control can fail -- it's a risk you take when you do the deed).
Anyway, I applaud her because at least she's being honest. She 110 percent acknowledges that she ended the life of her unborn child.
That's all I ask of my pro-choice friends -- don't deny that abortion ends a child's life. You can throw all sorts of perfectly reasonable or legit reasons why that might be necessary (life of the mother, perhaps? Rape of a 12-year-old?), but it does not change the fact that abortion ends a life.
Ends. A. Life.
Abortion has been made way too flippant, with all of this clump of cells nonsense, and women being lied to about the development of their unborn babies.
Emily brings it right back, saying that she's in awe of her body and the experience was "birth-like." She shared in a piece published in Cosmo about the video, "I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be ... I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth."
She also said that she kept her ultrasound photo, and it will be the "first thing" she'd grab if her apartment ever caught fire. "It will always be a special memory for me," she said.
At the end of the video, Emily shared, "I don't feel like a bad person. I don't feel sad. I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby, I can make a life."
She can make a life, and she can take it away. So while she may share the truth with a smile and flippant attitude, at least she's sharing it.
So while other defenders of the unborn, the weakest and frailest human beings of all, may be "appalled at the blasé indifference Letts shows about her actions," I think it's great that she acknowledges that abortion ends the life of a baby being knit together in her womb.
Bryan Kemper of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach said, "Emily knows that women do regret their abortions and are speaking out more and more about that regret."
But why should they feel regret, really? After all, if they're the ones that made that life, shouldn't they be proud of their decision to take it away because the timing isn't great, or they don't like the father, or whatever reason?
Or maybe she's just a terrible highly misguided young lady who is doing all women everywhere a disservice by making abortion into something almost enjoyable.
Choice advocate Marnie Waynethe wrote, "We are certainly pro-choice but her cavalier attitude and attempt to claim her 15 minutes [of fame] had us all astounded ... Abortion is not something to be taken lightly or glorified. It is for most women a heavy decision. Emily looks forward to her abortion and enjoys the process as if she were nipping in for a manicure.”
Aside from the pro-choice proclamation there, I could've written that. Abortion is a big deal. It ends a life. Justified or not, abortion puts an end to a growing human being. That is nothing to celebrate. It is something to grieve, and heal from, and hopefully not repeat, but it should never be cause for a celebration.
Emily Letts is flat out wrong here. Let's support our sisters who have chosen abortion for whatever reason and help them heal. Not tell them it's nothing or even that they should be proud of it. It happened. It's done. It's sad. It's forgivable. Pretending like it wasn't a big deal doesn't help anyone.
Do you think Emily's message helps or hurts the pro-choice side of the debate?
Image via Emily Letts/Vimeo